At the end of the Cold War, mathematician Bill Binney received an assignment to lead a team at the National Security Agency (NSA) to create a ground-breaking surveillance program. The program -ThinThread would be able to intercept any electronic signal, filter it according to goals and offer results in real time without invading people’s privacy.
The system was perfect; it only had one problem: it was too cheap. Three weeks before the attack on the Twin Towers, the program got cancelled. After 9/11, a policy of massive surveillance of citizens’ private communications started, and Binney left the NSA. His program could have prevented the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. His revelations about the way the most important information agency in the world works, unveil the political and economical web pulling the strings of our society.
“Powerful film – a prequel to Snowden”
OLIVER STONE, film director